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What Is Your Dashboard Trying to Tell You?

With so many buttons, symbols and flashing lights on our dashboards nowadays, it can be difficult to work out what it important, and what is not. Many of the buttons and controls that we see relate to additional features such as hands-free technology, climate control or even in-car wifi! Problems with these comfort features can be irritating, but do not affect the safety of the car or its passengers. On the other hand, certain warning lights exist to let you know that something serious is going on with your vehicle. It’s important to be able to identify these warning lights, and quickly respond to any potential issues. In this article, your local AMSOIL Dealer – Jim Allen have put together a great guide to troubleshooting your dashboard warning lights.

Check Engine Warning Light

The engine is arguably the most complex component under your vehicle’s hood, and it’s also the most likely to suffer a malfunction. The ‘check engine’ light will switch on in response to hundreds of different issues, so it can be very difficult to identify the fault. The most common reason for seeing this warning light is that you have not tightened the fuel cap correctly. The first step is to simply check your fuel cap and ensure is on secured, and does not have any cracks. If the ‘check engine’ sign remains illuminated, it’s time to investigate further. Most modern cars work with a system known as ‘On Board Diagnostics II’ (OBD II). This is a hand-held device that you can connect to a port in your vehicle that will bring up a specific code relating to the fault. You can then find this code in your owner’s manual to identify the specific fault with the engine. To ensure the best performance and maximum longevity from your engine, give it the best protection and lubrication by giving your car a synthetic oil change. Call your local AMSOIL Dealer – Jim Allen today at (877) 777-1645 to find out more about how a synthetic oil change can benefit you and your engine.

Coolant Warning Light

The coolant warning light looks like a thermometer. This warning light exists to let you know that something is wrong with the system that cools your engine. It may mean that you’ve simply run out of coolant liquid, so first things first you should locate your coolant fluid reservoir, check the level and replenish if necessary. If this does not solve the problem, it could mean a leak in the system or something more serious. If the cooling system is not working effectively, you could blow a gasket or cause your engine to overheat, so it’s important to get this seen to as soon as possible.

Brake Fluid Warning Light

The brake fluid warning light usually looks like an exclamation mark. It is designed to let you know that your brake fluid is running low, or that there is some other fault with the braking system. Check and replenish your brake fluid. This is often held in a clear plastic container located on top of your engine. If this does not solve the problem, take your vehicle in to be serviced immediately. It is extremely dangerous to drive without a fully functional braking system.

Battery Warning Light

This warning light is usually a picture of a battery and it will turn on due to any issue with the electrical system in your vehicle. This includes the alternator, battery, alternator belt and all connections. If you see this light come on, take a look under the hood of your car and locate the alternator belt. If there is a problem with it, you should replace it at once. If it is loose, it should be tightened. Test the charge of your battery using a voltmeter, and consider replacing if it has been losing charge rapidly.

Engine Oil Warning Light

The engine oil warning light looks like a jug of oil. This may flash on if the oil becomes too hot, or if oil pressure is too high or low. You should really be checking your oil levels regularly in order to avoid this, as incorrect oil pressure leads to inefficient lubrication and protection, resulting in damage to your engine. Increasing the frequency with which your check your oil levels can increase your motor’s longevity and performance. Remove the dipstick to test the level and quality of your engine oil. If levels are low, add more to the circuit. If the oil looks thick or black, replace it with a high-quality synthetic motor oil.

Prevent the Engine Oil Warning Light From Coming on With a Synthetic Oil Change in Canton

Contact your local AMSOIL Dealer – Jim Allen today at (877) 777-1645 to find out which motor oil is best suited to your engine, and give your car a synthetic oil change. By providing your car with a high quality engine oil, like one from the AMSOIL range, your car's engine is better protected against engine wear and can even see an increase in performance.

 Jim Allen (877) 777-1645

 6715 River Corners Rd
Spencer, OH 44275 
United States
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